Mookie Betts put the Boston Red Sox on his back and carried them to their second-straight victory over the New York Yankees.
This marks the second postgame report in a row in which there is nothing positive to say about the New York Yankees.
Mookie Betts stole the show on Friday night, crushing three homers off James Paxton over the Green Monster. Boston’s offense carried over from the 19-3 victory over the Yankees Thursday night and took a second-straight, 10-5. The Yankees managed to put together a small rally in the ninth inning, but it was just too little, too late.
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Again, the story of the game was the Yankees starting pitching. For the seventh game in a row, the Yankees starter allowed at least five runs. The starting rotation has been nothing short of abysmal lately and it has Yankee fans clamoring for some serious trade deadline moves.
Certainly, having seen the weakness of his starting rotation, GM Brian Cashman may start to consider overpaying for a top arm this week.
Paxton’s first-inning struggles continue. He allowed homers to Betts and J.D. Martinez. His struggles only continued thereafter, allowing four more runs to score before being relieved.
Betts hit his third homer of the game following a Gleyber Torres error that would have ended the fourth inning.
On the other side, Andrew Cashner gave the Red Sox a quality start. He tossed 6.2 innings and allowed 3 runs before being relieved.
The Red Sox are in their most important stretch of the season. They play four-straight series against the Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, both teams ahead of them in the division race.
The Yankees, on the other hand, are looking to bury the Red Sox in the division.
Even if the Yankees do win the AL East, this week has brought major concerns to light. Cashman needs to address the rotation if he wants his club to come away with the hardware this year.
Savage of the Game – Mookie Betts
I don’t want to give “Savage of the Game” to an opposing player, but I have no choice. Betts finished 4-5 with three homers and five RBI. It’s tough to argue that he didn’t beat the Yankees by himself tonight.